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Religious building designs

Religious Building Designs

e-architect have selected what we feel are the key examples of Religious Architecture.

We cover completed religious buildings – such as meditation centres, synagogues, mosques, church complexes and chapels – new sacred building designs, and architecture competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary religious buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

Religious Architecture News in 2013

Religious Architecture News – latest additions to this page:

19 April 2022
Mosque Building in Mardin, Mardin, Anatolia, southeast Turkey
Design: medmim architecture
Mosque Building in Mardin, southeast Turkey
image courtesy of architects practice
Mosque Building in Mardin

28 October 2021
Preston Mosque Architecture Competition Design by AIDIA STUDIO, Lancashire, northwest England, UK
Design: AIDIA STUDIOPreston Mosque Design by AIDIA STUDIO
image courtesy of architects practice
Preston Mosque Architecture Competition Design by AIDIA STUDIO

14 October 2021
Cambridge Central Mosque, Cambridgeshire, southeast England, UK
Design: Marks Barfield Architects
Cambridge Mosque Romsey Building
photo : Morley von Sternberg
Cambridge Central Mosque

21 September 2021
Mosque of the Late Mohamed Abdulkhaliq Gargash, Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE
Design: Dabbagh Architects
Mosque of the Late Mohamed Abdulkhaliq Gargash, Dubai
photo courtesy of architects office
Mosque of the Late Mohamed Abdulkhaliq Gargash in Dubai

3 Sep 2013
Saint John Baptist Chapel in Tenerife – El Hierro island, Spain
Design: Alejandro Beautell
Saint John Baptist Chapel Building
photograph : Efraín Pintos
Saint John Baptist Chapel in Tenerife
The architects say, “the concrete, in contrast to the rough plaster finishes to “tiroliana” (made of crushed volcanic stones from the island), together with the interaction of light on them, constitute the material aspect of the project. And so then, it is prescribed to use smoothed concrete for the floor of the nave, aggregate concrete for the volume of the chancel, and granulated exposed concrete for the background of the altar or the altarpiece and the wall of the Epistle; the granulated concrete will be lighter on parts that form the cross.”

7 Jul 2013
House of Prayer for Brethren, Litomyšl, Czech Republic
Design: Fránek Architects
Litomyšl Church Czech Republic
photo : Peter Polak
House of Prayer for Brethren
The designed building represents usage both ancient and modern architectural principles in a simple concept that uses proportions of the terrain and transformation of principles of various classical cultures.

20 Jun 2013
Confucianism and Culture Complex, Andong, South Korea
Design: SAMOO Architects & Engineers
World Confucianism Sunbi Culture Park & Korean Cultural Theme Park South Korea
image from architect
Confucianism Complex South Korea
The World Confucianism•Sunbi Culture Park & Korean Cultural Theme Park is a complex designed to become a hub for Confucianism and traditional culture in Korea. Located in Andong of Korea, a place well known for its preservation of traditional core values, the project aims to create a new center that will provide a unique experience for its global visitors.

16 Apr 2013
Famen Temple Zen Meditation Centre, Xi’an, China
Design: Office for Architectural Culture
Famen Temple Religious Buildings
image from architect
Famen Temple Zen Meditation Centre
Following OAC’s win on the international design competition and completion of the master plan for Famen Temple Zen Meditation Centre in 2012, the London-based Office for Architectural Culture recently completed the schematic designs for the buildings, landscape, and experiential features and art installations for meditation in the first phase of the project called the ‘Eightfold Path Forest’.

13 Feb 2013
Kamppi chapel of silence, Helsinki, Finland
Design: K2S Architects
Kamppi Chapel Religious Buildings
photos © Tuomas Uusheimo
Kamppi Chapel
The chapel can be approached from all directions. From the direction of the Simonkatu, one arrives at a small square opening up towards the Narinkka square. From there, a flight of stairs leads down to the entrance level. Entrances are located in two glass facades facing the Narinkka square and the Lasipalatsi building.

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Religious Buildings in 2012

10 Dec 2012
Ulm Synagogue, Ulm, southern Germany
Design: kister scheithauer gross architects and urban planners GmbH
Ulm Synagogue Building
photo : Christian Richters
Ulm Synagogue
20 months after the ground breaking ceremony, ksg handed over the synagogue to the Jewish community of Ulm, Germany. The large window with the Star of David pattern indicates the direction of Jerusalem. Federal president of Germany Joachim Gauck held the opening speech.

9 Jul 2012
San Michele Arcangelo, near Bergamo, north eastern Italy
3D documentation in the restoration of historic buildings
Borgo di Terzo Church Religious Buildings
image from architect
San Michele Arcangelo
The church of St. Michael the Archangel (1735) stands in the centre of Borgo di Terzo. Cracks were clearly visible in the front elevation masonry, indicating serious building damage. Due to its irregular architecture, the church – like all historic buildings – required a precise analysis of existing conditions as a basis for the renovation work.

6 Jul 2012
Church Complex Pescara, eastern Italy
Design: Architetto Angelo Campo
Pescara Church Building
photograph from architect
Church Complex Pescara
The mid-Adriatic sprawling city has by now been analyzed, dissected, especially the completely built strip along the coast, pressed between A14 motorway, the Adriatic railway, the sea. It is made up of a cluster of houses laid on the ground as in a domino disposition: the open issue for its new urban dimension is to point out new central areas from a planning point of view and realize them; the priority may be represented by public spaces and/or buildings.

20 Apr 2012
Iglesia de la Consolacion Cordoba, Spain
Design: Vicens + Ramos Architects
Parish Church of Solace in Cordoba Religious Buildings
photo by architects
Parish Church of Solace
The parish center is located on a corner plot in a residential area between Historiador Dozy and Francisco Azorín streets. The extended side is situated in front of a green zone and the lateral side faces residential buildings. The rest of the surroundings are still undeveloped.

10 Jan 2012
Sancaklar Mosque, Buyuk Cekmece, near Istanbul, Turkey
Design: EAA-Emre Arolat Architects
Sancaklar Mosque Building
image from architects
Sancaklar Mosque
Sancaklar Mosque located in Buyuk Cekmece, a suburban neighborhood in the outskirts of Istanbul, aims to address the fundamental issues of designing a mosque by distancing itself from the current architectural discussions based on form and focusing solely on the essence of religious space.

16 Aug 2011
Martin Luther Kirche, Hainburg, Austria
Martin Luther Church Hainburg Religious Buildings
photo © Duccio Malagamba
Martin Luther Kirche Hainburg

Religious Buildings

Key Religious Buildings, alphabetical:

Angkor temple, Cambodia, Southeast Asia

Angkor Wat Religious Buildings
photo © Tom Ravenscroft
Angkor Temples

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, Florida, USA
Frank Lloyd Wright Architect
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
photo © Robin Hill
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

Bagsværd Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jorn Utzon Architect
Bagsvaerd Church
photo © Adrian Welch
Bagsvaerd Church

Cathedral of Christ the Lightt, Oakland, California, USA
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Cathedral of Christ the Light
picture : Timothy Hursley
Cathedral of Christ the Light

Chapel of St.Lawrence, Finland
Design: Avanto Arkkitehdit Ltd
Pyhän Laurin kappeli
photo :
Chapel of St Lawrence

Crystal Cathedral, Los Angeles, USA
Philip Johnson with John Burgee
Los Angeles Cathedral
photograph © Andrew McRae
Los Angeles Cathedral

Grundtvig Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jensen-Klint Architect
Grundtvig Church Religious Buildings
photograph © AW
Grundtvig Church

Liverpool Catholic Cathedral, England
Frederick Gibberd architect
Liverpool Catholic Cathedral Religious Buildings
photo © Adrian Welch
Liverpool Catholic Cathedral

Mosque / Islamic Centre / Museum, Albania
BIG + others
Albanian Religious Buildings
picture from architect
Cultural Centre Albania

St Paul’s Cathedral, City of London, England, UK
Sir Christopher Wren
St Paul's Cathedral Religious Buildings
photo © Adrian Welch
St Paul’s Cathedral

Sacre Coeur, Paris, France
Architect: Paul Abadie
Sacre Coeur Religious Buildings
picture © Isabelle Lomholt
Sacre Coeur Paris

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
Antoni Gaudi, Architect
Sagrada Familia Religious Buildings
photograph © Adrian Welch
Sagrada Familia Barcelona

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan Mosque
photograph : Speirs and Major Associates
Abu Dhabi Mosque Building

Sunset Chapel, Acapulco, Mexico
Bunker Arquitectura
Sunset Chapel Acapulco Religious Buildings
picture : Esteban Suárez
Sunset Chapel

Tampa Covenant Church, Florida, USA
Alfonso Architects
Tampa Covenant Church Religious Buildings
photo : Al Hurley
Tampa Covenant Church

Yesil Vadi Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Adnan Kazmaoglu MAM ARC
Yesil Vadi Mosque Religious Buildings
photograph : Engin Gercek
Yesil Vadi Mosque Building

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